Xela Fry soaked up the moment alongside her longtime King’s Christian Academy teammates and friends, shedding tears of joy, exchanging hugs and posing for photos. With a 25-19, 22-25, 30-28, 25-16 win over Grace Christian Academy, the Eagles captured the school’s first Metro Independent School Athletic League volleyball tournament championship Friday night in White Plains.
The four-set victory preserved an unbeaten season for King’s Christian Academy (14-0). For the upperclassmen, it put an exclamation point on a journey that began in middle school.
Fry, Heidi Harris and Emily Nevala have played together at the Callaway private school since sixth grade, while junior Carmen Doig joined the team the next year. Coach Ardella Fry, Xela’s mother, led the middle school team and took over as varsity coach this fall.
“I think we’ve grown spiritually, and we’ve grown as a family throughout these years,” Xela Fry said. “We’ve got each others’ backs all the time.”
Xela Fry said communication and chemistry were key factors in the victory over Grace Christian, particularly in the third set. The teams went back and forth and survived multiple set points during the marathon frame before King’s Christian closed it out.
“It was very intense because it was a great team,” said Eagles freshman Raevyn Harris. “We had to really push hard to win it.”
After falling in last year’s MISAL final, King’s Christian Academy repeated as regular season champions this fall and brought home its first tournament trophy on the gym floor at Southern Maryland Christian Academy.
“It was a great way to end my senior year especially with my mom being my coach. That was amazing,” Xela Fry said.